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35 years of MJ's THRILLER - The Best-Selling Album of All Time

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as you know, today is the 35th anniversary of the release of King Of Pop's 6th studio album, Thriller

Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982, in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records.

In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the world's best-selling album, with estimated sales of 66 million copies.[3][nb 1] It is the best-selling album in the United States and the first album to be certified 33× multi-platinum, having shipped 33 million album-equivalent units.[9] The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year. It produced seven singles—"The Girl Is Mine", "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Human Nature", "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)", and "Thriller"—all of which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Thriller broke racial barriers in pop music, enabling Jackson's appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools, and the videos for the songs "Thriller", "Billie Jean", and "Beat It" all received regular rotation on MTV.

In 2012, Slant Magazine named Thriller the best album of the 1980s".[11] In 2003, Rolling Stone placed the album at number 20 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[12] The album was listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers at number three on its "Definitive 200" album list. Thriller was also included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry of culturally significant recordings, and the Thriller music video was included in the National Film Preservation Board's National Film Registry of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films".


Professional ratings
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AllMusic 5/5 starsindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVk[30]
Christgau's Record Guide A[45]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 starsindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVk[46]
Entertainment Weekly A[47]
MusicHound R&B 5/5[48]
Q 5/5 starsindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVk[49]
Rolling Stone 4/5 starsindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVk[29]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 starsindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVk[50]
Slant Magazine 5/5 starsindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVkindex.php?q=aHR0cDovL3VwbG9hZC53aWtpbWVk[34]
The Village Voice A–[


Blender described Jackson as the "late 20th century's preeminent pop icon", while The New York Times gave the opinion that he was a "musical phenomenon" and that "in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else".

Thriller retains a position in American culture; biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli explains, "At some point, Thrillerstopped selling like a leisure item—like a magazine, a toy, tickets to a hit movie—and started selling like a household staple".

Time magazine speculated that "the fallout from Thriller has given the [music] business its best years since the heady days of 1978, when it had an estimated total domestic revenue of $4.1 billion".[42] Time summed up Thriller's impact as a "restoration of confidence" for an industry bordering on "the ruins of punk and the chic regions of synthesizer pop". The publication described Jackson's influence at that point as, "Star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too".



Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[117] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[118] 1
Canada (RPM Top Singles)[119] 1
France (IFOP)[120] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[121] 2
Italy (FIMI)[122] 1
Japan (Oricon)[123] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[124] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[125] 1
US Billboard 200[125] 1
US Hot Black Albums[125] 1



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[144] Diamond 500,000^
Australia (ARIA)[145] 16× Platinum 1,150,000[146]
Austria (IFPI Austria)[147] 8× Platinum 400,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[148] 2× Diamond 2,400,000[149]
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[150] 2× Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[151] Platinum 129,061[151]
France (SNEP)[152] Diamond 3,526,100[152]
Germany (BVMI)[153] 3× Platinum 1,500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[154] Platinum 20,000*
Italy (FIMI)[155] Platinum 1,000,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[156] Gold 2,500,000[68]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[157] Platinum+Diamond+Gold 1,600,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[158] 8× Platinum 1,400,000[159]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[160] 12× Platinum 180,000^
Portugal (AFP)[161] Platinum 50,000^
South Korea   50,000[162]
Sweden (GLF)[163] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[164] 6× Platinum 300,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[165] 13× Platinum 4,400,000[166]
United States (RIAA)[167] 33× Platinum 33,000,000double-dagger
Europe (IFPI)[168]
For sales in 2009
Platinum 1,000,000*
Worldwide   66 million[3]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

the KING of POP did THAT.:clap:

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12 minutes ago, Spiritus said:

A great album, he truly changed the game with Thriller:clap:

especially with its video

after the video-release, MTV started playing black artists music videos :clap:

what an innovator legend :cloud9:

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